7 essential characteristics of safety glasses

Wearing safety glasses cannot be overlooked when you are aware of the risks workers are exposed to in certain work environments.

Worker eye safety must be taken seriously to avoid accidents, which often happen very quickly. Employers need to adopt safe practices in the workplace and that starts with access to good safety glasses that meet the CSA Z94.3 standard.

The eye protection experts at LookSecure outline the essential features of safety glasses that meet the CSA Z94.3 standard.

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    What is the CSA Z94.3 standard?

    The CSA Z94.3 standard is mandatory for eye protection equipment. It stipulates that safety glasses provided to any worker exposed to a hazard that may cause eye injury must meet the highest quality standards.

    Safety glasses must resist and protect the eyes from particles, hazardous materials, molten metals, intense radiation and other eye health hazards.

    In fact, by joining the LookSecure program, you can ensure that your workers’ safety glasses comply with this standard.

    7 features of safety glasses

    Here are the 7 main characteristics of safety glasses.

    1. Sturdy and impact resistant frame

    Safety glasses must be sturdy and impact resistant to protect workers’ eyes from projectiles or collisions with large objects. An essential feature for construction workers who carry heavy and dangerous materials.

    2. Scratch resistant

    Safety eyewear lenses must be scratch resistant to allow the workers to have an impeccable vision at all times. This is possible thanks to a quality, scratch resistant lens. 

    3. Proper fit

    Safety frames must fit the worker’s face properly so that they remain stable with every movement. To ensure the stability of the frame, the tip behind the ears must be properly adjusted and the frame must have a good support on the root of the nose thanks to the bridge and the pads of the glasses. In addition, glasses should not hinder the wearer while they are working. On the contrary, they should be like a second skin to ensure optimal comfort throughout the day.

    4. Prescription lenses

    It is very important for workers with vision problems to add their prescription to the lenses to see properly. Safety starts with having clear, sharp vision when working in a higher risk area.​

    5. Lenses adapted to the needs of the industry

    Depending on your use, you will need a specific lens. There are several types of lenses developed for different needs ranging from extreme heat exposure to UV exposure.

    There are also lenses for those who work in environments with a high risk of splashes, fine particles or fine dust.

    Finally, there are specific lenses for individuals who are regularly in environments that involve exposure to blue light.

    For other needs, there are also polarized, tinted, anti-reflective and blue light protection lenses. Degressive or progressive lenses and other options are also available.

    6. Proper care

    Proper care of protective eyewear is required to keep it safe, clean and durable over time. Here are a few practical tips to implement:​


    7. Side protection

    According to the CSA Z94.3 standard, safety glasses must have side protection riveted or molded into the frame to provide full protection of the workers face.

    LookSecure: High quality safety glasses

    LookSecure is committed to providing the highest quality prescription safety glasses. With us, you can be assured that the highest quality standards, meeting CSA Z94.3 standards, will be delivered with professional and impeccable service.

    We offer turnkey protective eyewear programs that meet the needs of your industry.

    Make an appointment today with one of our eye protection experts

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